A federal jury in the Southern District of Florida convicted a Florida woman Sept. 14, 2023, for paying kickbacks in exchange for Medicare patient referrals, according to a Justice Department release.
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Nelly Anderson, 58, of Bay Harbor Islands, was the owner of Dial 4 Care, a business that provided home health services to Medicare beneficiaries.
Anderson reportedly hired multiple marketers and paid them kickbacks in exchange for patient referrals. Anderson then caused the submission of claims to Medicare for home health services that were procured through the payment of illegal kickbacks.
The jury convicted Anderson of conspiracy to defraud the United States and pay health care kickbacks, and two counts of paying kickbacks in connection with a federal health care program. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 5 and faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison for the conspiracy count and 10 years in prison for each of the kickback offenses. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.